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Wild, Woolly and Wow: Best of Glacier Bay

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Wilderness Legacy
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Join the Wilderness Legacy for this 8-day voyage that takes you into the jewel of the US National Park System. Join fellow adventurers on the most active back-country itinerary that UnCruise offers. See areas that no other boats visit, and stretch your legs and imagination in all new areas.
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Highlights
  • Explore parts of Glacier Bay National Park
  • Discover spectacular LeConte and Baird Glaciers
  • Enjoy wildlife searches - Humpback, orca, seals, bears, moose, puffins, and other sea birds
  • Experience Alaska's most active adventures
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Juneau, Alaska | Embark

Board the Legacy just in time for a welcome cocktail or glass of champagne before dinner. The captain and crew will introduce themselves and provide an overview of the adventure that awaits this week!

Day 2: Glacier Bay National Park Outback

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up this morning in the Glacier Bay National Park “Outback”. Today we will anchor in one of three outback areas of this epic national park. This will include one of the rarely visited areas of either Fern Harbor, Dundas Bay, or No Name Cove near Excursion Inlet. The entire day is set aside for activity, starting with early morning kayak and birding departures into the park. Full activities may include kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff excursions, hiking, snorkeling, beach strolls and more. The likelihood of seeing any vessels or other people is very low. Meals may be aboard the Wilderness Legacy or packed as a picnic.

Day 3: Corner Bay | Chichagof Island | Multi-Sport | Local Color

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Corner Bay is our playground for the day. Chichagof Island is known for its high population of Brown Bears with multiple trails and abandoned Forest Service roads that make for ease of hiking to lakes and rivers. A full range of activities will be available with a lean towards hiking and for some, biking. This is the best opportunity for long hikes on trails and old Forest Service roads. This is also home to the Chew family. Learn what it is like to live and work in the wilds of Alaska. UnCruise is the only company permitted for guiding guests in this area.

Day 4: South Baranof Island Primitive | National Wilderness Area

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join us for an early riser breakfast as we enter Patterson Bay, oh my! One of the most scenic areas in SE Alaska, Patterson is a deep narrow bay hemmed in mountains. We will drop off all-day kayakers and early morning skiff tours and begin our day. Soon after, the ship will go on a slow meander of the South Baranof Wilderness Area including Deep Cove, Port Walter, Mist Cove and eventually reach the southern extent of this primitive area. Activities will be more water-based today, with some hikes and whale watching. No other small ships visit this area. Weather permitting, this is an ideal area for snorkeling. Good chance to see Humpback or Orca whales. Alaska fishermen troll this area for prized King Salmon. The end of the day will include a cruise to Gut Bay at the north end of the wilderness area. This is a very dramatic location. Keep your camera at the ready today!

Day 5: Thomas Bay | Baird Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake near Cascade Creek in Thomas Bay. This bay is the quintessential playground for our guests and crew. Long flat hikes, steep elevation climbs, calm kayaking, and hikes to a glacial lake with the mighty Baird Glacier still calving ice into the lake may all be options today. Depending on tides, we may start the day near Cascade Creek or at Scenery Cove near Baird Glacier. Regardless, after lunch, the boat will move to the opposite end of Thomas Bay for more adventures. This is an epic day for adventurers. Evening skiff tours and kayaks take in the pre-dark hours when the sounds of the wilds beckon.

Day 6: LeConte Glacier National Wilderness Area | Ideal Cove

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today’s timing of activities is entirely controlled by the rise and fall of the tide. We may visit the Glacier early or late. LeConte Glacier is the southernmost tidewater glacier in the northern hemisphere. The shallow current-filled entrance requires us to enter near slack water. If the tide is early, you may hear ice against the hull of the Legacy as you wake up. We will also visit Ideal Cove today and take advantage of trails and if the timing is right, an evening campfire ashore.

Day 7: Whales, Sea Lions & Sea Life Search

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today it’s all about finding Humpbacks, Orca, Steller Sea Lions, porpoises, Dolphins, Pelagic birds, Seals, and other marine life. We will slowly cruise the whale-rich waters of Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage. This area has the highest seasonal concentration of Humpback Whales in Alaska and perhaps the entire Northern Hemisphere. This evening enjoys the Captain’s Dinner and a slide show of the week’s adventures put together by your crew.

Day 8: Juneau | Disembark

Cruise into Juneau this morning over breakfast. Farewell new friends! Disembark and transfer to the airport.

Ship/Hotel

Wilderness Legacy

Relax in the Grand Salon aboard the SS Legacy.
SS Legacy's lounge area in the Owner's Suite.
SS Legacy's Pesky Barnacle Saloon.

Juneau - Hotels

Dates & Prices

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$4,495
SS Legacy's Commander's Stateroom
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Navigator
Fixed double bed, view window, private bath with shower. #103-104, 319-320
SS Legacy's Master Stateroom.
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Trailblazer
Queen, double or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower. #105-112, 206-210, 303-308, 311-318
SS Legacy's Captain Stateroom
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Pathfinder
Queen or two twin beds, view window, private bath with shower. #211-214
SS Legacy's Admiral Stateroom
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Explorer
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower, trundle bed for triple. #101-102, 201-202, 309-310
SS Legacy' Owner's Suite
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Jr Commodore Suite
Fixed queen bed; refrigerator; wrap-around view windows; private bath with shower. #301-302
SS Legacy's Commodore Suite.
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Owners Suite
300 sq. foot entertainment and sitting area with wet bar, refrigerator, media center; 300 sq. foot master bedroom with king bed; view windows; private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower (sofa bed for triple/quad)

Notes

Included in your fare:
  • Onboard meals
  • Onboard spirits, wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves
  • All from-the-vessel activities and equipment
  • Onboard expedition/heritage guides and guest experts
Not included in your fare:
  • Port taxes/fees
  • Airfare to and from your home city
  • Discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew
  • Travel protection
  • Optional excursions and land tours

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